Betwixt . . .

brothers

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Galatians 5:16-17 “This I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh. And these are contrary the one to the other, so that you cannot do the things that you would.“

 

“Within my earthly temple there’s a crowd;

There’s one of us that’s humble, one that’s proud;

There’s one that’s brokenhearted for his sins

And one who, unrepentant, sits and grins;

There’s one who loves his neighbor as himself

And one who cares for naught but fame and pelf.

From such corroding care I would be free

If once I could determine which is me.”

~~ Edward Sanford Martin

 

The above verse is quite a mouthful, isn’t it? I would imagine that it holds true for most us. This body, for a Christian, is quite hard to control, to rein in, and to subdue. To put it frankly, the Christian life is a battlefield. The flesh desires to sin; the Spirit is constrained to obey the things of the Spirit. Every day we are made aware of the constant battle between the two natures.

Paul continues with a stark comparison of the two natures:

The works of the flesh are these: Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, sexual excesses, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings….

[Paul adds some powerful drama here with this warning…”As I have told you before in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”]

But the fruit of the Spirit is: Love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance…. The differences are startling.

As in any war, action must be taken in order to achieve victory. The finger points at each one of us, dear Christians. Will we remain passive and continue to tolerate the works of the flesh within us? Or shall we rear up off our sanctified haunches and give way to the power of the Spirit to crucify this flesh? The victory has already been won; we merely have to give the “Charge!”

“Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.”

Flaws

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Galatians 5:16-17 “This I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh. And these are contrary the one to the other, so that you cannot do the things that you would.“

“Within my earthly temple there’s a crowd;

There’s one of us that’s humble, one that’s proud;

There’s one that’s brokenhearted for his sins

And one who, unrepentant, sits and grins;

There’s one who loves his neighbor as himself

And one who cares for naught but fame and pelf.

From such corroding care I would be free

If once I could determine which is me.”

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This  verse is quite a mouthful, isn’t it? I would imagine that it holds true for most us. This body, for a Christian, is quite hard to control, to rein in, and to subdue. To put it frankly, the Christian is a battlefield. The flesh desires to sin; the Spirit is constrained to obey the things of the Spirit. Every day we are made aware of the constant battle between the two natures.

Paul continues with a stark comparison of the two natures: The works of the flesh are these: Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, sexual excesses, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revelings….  Paul adds some powerful drama here with this warning… ”As I have told you before in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”

But the fruit of the Spirit is: Love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance…the differences are startling.

As in any war, action must be taken in order to achieve victory. The finger points at each one of us, dear Christians. Will we remain passive and continue to tolerate the works of the flesh within us? Or shall we rear up off our sanctified haunches and give way to the power of the Spirit to crucify this flesh? The victory has already been won; we merely have to give the “Charge!”

“Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.”

PR”I”DE

pride

 

Pricks & Pride

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A thorn in the flesh is healthier

Than a clot of pride in the heart.

A thorn will prick your attention;

Pride vainly numbs your smarts.

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A thorn seeks immediate care

To purge the prick of its pain.

Pride probes for its pacifier,

Suavely sucking its own gain.

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How quickly we yank the thorn;

It is most troublesome at best.

We leave fleshly plump Pride

Feathering and fluffing its nest.

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Thorns set off many red flags,

Panic buttons and alarms;

Pride smugly veils its soul

Concealing its ways of harm.

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Give me a thorn any old day,

Within my flesh or without;

I’ll rid it of its harmful deed

And quickly give it a shout!

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But Pride: O me, O my, I cry!

Is a need I must have for sure.

Please spare me just a little bit.

How else will “I” ever endure?

Where’s the Fruit?

Assorted fruit

 

Where’s the Fruit?

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“I say then:  walk in the Spirit and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.”  Gal. 5:16

V. 22-23 “ . . . the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faith, meekness, gentleness, and self-control, which such there is no law.”

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We have bottles of prescription medicines, vitamin and mineral supplements, special remedies to enable the physical body to function properly.  Where is the nourishment and supplements for our spiritual bodies?  I would think the fruit of the Spirit should be on everyone’s menu for each day.  Let us seek them in God’s Word daily, the Holy Bible.  Pray for them to become part of our inner beings, and practice them so we may grow into the godly examples God desires of us to bring glory to His name. Amen

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God Be in My Head

~ Henry Walford Davies

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God be in my head, and in my understanding;

God be in mine eyes, and in my looking;

God be in my mouth and in my speaking;

God be in my heart, and in my thinking;

God be at mine end, and at my departing.

Overly Stimulated and Desensitized

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Paul’s letter to the Galatians 6: 7-8:

“Be not deceived; God is not mocked.  For whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap.  For he that sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption.  But he that sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.”

 

Listen!  See! 

I firmly believe we have way too much time on our hands.  Our cups runneth over with cell phone conversations, texting, computer chatting and e-mail, blogs, television programs, video gaming, radio selections, movies, not to mention abuse of sex, drugs, tobacco, alcohol and food.   Frankly, we are an overly-stimulated desensitized society. 

We scurry here and there, text intermittingly, sate our e-mail fetishes, squirt off a blog or two, take in our “fav” TV shows, battle the hand-held game toy monsters, drool over revealing bodies smacked into our views, stimulate our sexual appetites, “suck-drag-snort-shoot-up” drugs, gurgle down the booze and feed our faces.  No wonder we function poorly at work, lose contact with families, grow fatter, feel yucky and sleep badly, and slowly lose our sense of direction. 

When we had a problem, our parents used to tell us, “Put on your thinking cap.”  Are we thinking anymore?  I think we misplaced those caps somewhere.  Do we have a problem?  Yes, many! 

Help us, Lord!  We’ve fallen physically and spiritually…and we can’t get up without your strength and guidance.  Amen

Pricks and Pride

 

Pricks & Pride

 ©Jeanne E. Webster

 

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A thorn in the flesh is healthier

Than a clot of pride in the heart.

A thorn will prick your attention;

Pride vainly numbs your smarts.

~

A  thorn seeks immediate care

To purge the prick of its pain.

Pride probes for its pacifier,

Suavely sucking its own gain.

~

How quickly we yank the thorn;

It is most troublesome at best.

We leave fleshly plump Pride

Feathering and fluffing its nest.

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 Thorns set off many red flags,

Panic buttons and alarms;

Pride smugly veils its soul

Concealing its ways of harm.

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Give me a thorn any old day,

Within my flesh or without;

I’ll rid it of its harmful deed

And quickly give it a shout!

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But Pride:  O me, O my, I cry!

Is a need I must have for sure.

Please spare me just a little bit.

How else will “I” ever endure?

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~shalom